Spurs 0 Wigan 1
It might seem churlish to call for the return of Harry Redknapp, as some Tottenham fans were doing after seeing their side well-beaten at home by lowly Wigan, but support for Andre Villas-Boas is ebbing away after another woeful display by his team.
The Portuguese manager, who replaced Redknapp last summer in controversial circumstances, has led Spurs to a place in the top five on the back of solid away form including a rare victory at Manchester United.
But at White Hart Lane it is a different story with Spurs winning only two out of seven games and struggling to create chances, score goals or collect points. Few expected Wigan to repeat the 1-0 victory of two seasons ago, but even fewer imagined Spurs would get anywhere near the 9-1 scoreline over the same side a season earlier. With Jermain Defoe, scorer of five goals in that rout, isolated as a lone striker once again before being ignominiously replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor early in the second half, Villas-Boas's tactics were again criticised, with supporters booing the substitution and jeering at the end of each half.
The manager could only offer platitudes to explain Tottenham's poor performance and defeat, talking about "emotion and anxiety" among his players, while paying tribute to the excellence of Roberto Martinez's side, who defended resolutely, played intelligently and created far more clear-cut chances.
Wigan might have gone in 3-0 ahead at the break, but for two fine saves by Brad Friedel and a wild shot over the bar from Ben Watson.
But the midfielder was not to be denied when Friedel palmed out a corner in the 56th minute, volleying it back past the Spurs keeper, who managed to scoop the ball out but not before it had clearly crossed the line.
Minutes later, Villas-Boas chose to take off the luckless Defoe, who had been starved of service by his misfiring colleagues, and the England striker trudged off unhappily before going back to the dressing room rather than sit on the subs bench.
"We spoke briefly (afterwards) and he was disappointed to come off," said the manager. "He's been on a great goalscoring run but the team is also important and we did not make the change to punish him, but to improve things."
The introduction of Adebayor did not improve things, though, as Spurs continued to huff and puff without blowing down the solid wall of defence Wigan built. Not that Martinez wanted to create the impression that his side had come with the intention of 'parking the bus'.
"People might think Wigan came here with a defensive mentality and sneaked a win, but I'm very proud to say we were ourselves for 90 minutes, adapted to the way Tottenham wanted to play, created numerous chances and deserved the three points."
In particular, Shaun Maloney and Arouna Kone caused far more problems for the home defence than their counterparts managed. They combined well in the 27th minute when Maloney put his Ivorian team-mate through for a powerful shot that was well saved by Friedel from close range.
Roles were reversed seven minutes later as Kone slipped the ball through for Maloney, only for the Wigan man to be denied by another great save from Friedel.
Kone was causing Spurs all sorts of problems, and when Maloney stepped over his low cross shortly before half-time, Watson was given the time and space to hit the target but lifted the ball over the bar.
Spurs, whose main efforts of note came from defenders Jan Vertonghen and Steven Caulker, went all out for an equaliser, but it rarely looked like coming as Wigan held on for a famous victory that moves them into mid-table.
But for Tottenham and their manager, there are clearly issues to be addressed.